Brownies23rd Wokingham Methodist Brownie Pack

Brownies are wonderful!

Over the past year, Brownies has explored International Women's Day, Thinking Day, UK Parliament Week, Eid, Lunar New Year and the Platinum Jubilee.  We have also completed several badges including Twit twoo badge all about the history and character of Brownies; Explore 3 Skills Builder about map reading and exploring the city, including planning a day trip exploring London which we will soon be completing; Innovate 3 about design and invention; SWEBOTS on the water all about the science of and using water.

We have stargazed, made zip-wires for our teddies, planned a party (and carried it out!), visited the new library, been away on Pack Holiday, visited an airfield, raced camels, made lava lamps and bubble snakes and played a lot of games.

We currently have 28 Brownies and as well as the 12 (or more) badges earned in meetings over the last year, between them they have earned through their own work outside of meetings a diverse range of interest badges including Baking, Charities, Mindfulness, Aviation, Jobs, Painting, My Rights, Performing, Inventing, Dancing and Zero Waste.

We really appreciate the fantastic facilities of the Bradbury Centre.

Any girls interested in joining Brownies should register their interest on the Girlguiding website.  We would also heartily welcome anyone who would like to help, either on a regular basis or to teach a particular skill.

Bethany Reece-Smith
March 2023

3rd Wokingham (Methodist) Guide Company

At present there are 19 Guides in the unit with 3 more due to join as soon as meetings resume.  We have been able to offer places to all on the waiting list since Nicole joined us as a second Guider.

We have continued to serve our community e.g. by helping at the Church café, visiting the residents at Suffolk Lodge for a singsong and helping at the Ambleside Children’s Centre fete.

In May (2019) we joined with Guide units from Wokingham, Finchampstead and Winnersh for a cardboard box sleep-out to raise money for Shelterbox – an organisation supplying the basics for families around the world who have been forced to leave their homes.

June saw us competing in the Wokingham Division out-door cooking competition.  Our teams produced some very tasty meals, including a pizza made from scratch and cooked in a frying pan.

In the summer six girls and one leader had a fantastic time camping with 2nd Finchampstead Guides.

In September Girlguiding UK completed the switch to the new program.  Just before the deadline one of our Guides finished her BP award – the highest award of the old program involving lots of hard work, adventures and service to the community.  We are very proud of her.  From the new program girls have achieved badges including Upcycling, Photography, First Aid and Outdoor cooking.

Our Friday evening meeting have included growing herbs from seed in home-made propagators, creating stories with shadow puppets, cooking and creating a giant sculpture from recycled plastic.

GuidesLogoBWe really appreciate the fantastic facilities of the Bradbury Centre.

We would heartily welcome anyone who would like to help, either on a regular basis or to teach a particular skill.

Nicole Bennett and Hilary Roberts
March 2020